Adalio T. Sanchez ’87
IBM System x
Adalio Sanchez is General Manager of IBM’s System x server unit responsible for all facets of IBM’s multi-billion dollar x86 server business, including product development, marketing, sales, operations, and overall financial performance. He is also a member of the IBM Performance Team, a group of the company’s highest senior executive officers.
Mr. Sanchez has over 27 years of experience in the information technology marketplace. Mr. Sanchez held the positions of General Manager of IBM Microelectronics, General Manager of IBM’s UNIX server business, General Manager of Storage Networking, General Manger of Manufacturing Operations and Business Transformation for the IBM Personal Systems Group and General Manager of IBM’s Mobile Computing unit. Mr. Sanchez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Miami and a Masters of Business Administration from Florida International University (FIU). He was named the 2007 U.S. Hispanic Engineer of the Year and has frequently been named to the list of the Top 50 Hispanics in Technology and Business. He is a member of the FIU Foundation Board of Directors, Chairman of the FIU Engineering School Executive Advisory Council, and serves as Chairman of SHPE Advisory Board.
Al Alfonso ’74
Vice President, Distribution
Florida Power & Light Company
Al Alfonso is a retired executive of Florida Power & Light Company, a Fortune 250 company and one of the largest investor-owned electric utilities in the nation. Mr. Alfonso has more than 40 years of progressive leadership and management experience with FPL and its sister company, NextEra Energy Resources, LLC (formerly FPL Energy, LLC).
In his most recent role, he was responsible for the planning, engineering, construction, maintenance and operation of the electrical distribution system that serves the more than 4.5 million customer accounts in FPL’s service territory. Prior to that, Mr. Alfonso was vice president of Power Generation Operations, where he directed the power production activities at FPL’s fossil-fueled generating plants. He also served as vice president of Operations for NextEra Energy Resources, where he was responsible for the operation of international and domestic generation facilities for the non-regulated energy business outside Florida. He also served as plant general manager of two FPL power plants in Miami. Through the years, Mr. Alfonso delivered exceptional leadership and was instrumental in improving the quality of service FPL provides its customers by applying technology to enhance operational performance. He created FPL’s Fleet Performance and Diagnostic Center, which led to Distribution and Transmission’s equivalent centers, all of which deliver critical situational awareness and enable the smart grid. Mr. Alfonso has received numerous accolades. In 1996, the Association of Cuban Engineers named him the “Engineer of the Year”. In 2003 the Miami Dade College inducted him into the Hall of Fame as a distinguished alumni in the field of engineering. He is active in the American Society of Mechanical Engineering’s Industry Advisory Board and the University of Miami’s College of Engineering’s Industry Advisory Board. He also is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineering, the American Institute of Chemical Engineering and the Florida Engineering Society’s Florida Professional Engineers in Industry.Mr. Alfonso holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Florida International University, a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Miami and a Master of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University.Mr. Alfonso resides in Palm Beach with his family and will continue to apply his vast experience towards the advancement of higher education for future generations.
Humberto P. Alonso Jr.
ATKINS NORTH AMERICA
A licensed architect with 33 years of experience in the planning, design, and construction of capital infrastructure projects for public clients, as well as commercial and office development projects for the private sector, Humberto leads ATKINS’ strategic planning and market activities in the South Florida region.
He serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) currently chairing the Chamber’s annual State of Florida Logistics and Trade Conference. His volunteer leadership work for the GMCC has included chairmanship of the Governmental Affairs Group and the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. He was selected one of “Miami’s Best” in Transportation by Miami Today in 2010, and currently serves on the Advisory Council for Engineering at Florida International University’s College of Engineering and Computing.
Mr. Alonso’s professional experience spans the private and public sector in the areas of transportation and infrastructure development, commercial development, school planning and construction, water resource planning, environmental restoration and regional coordination. A proud “Cane”, Humberto has a Bachelor Degree in Architecture and a Masters Degree in Business Administration, including membership in The Beta-Gamma-Sigma Honor Society, from the University of Miami.
Allan S. Arch
Southern Gear and Machine Inc
Mr. Allan Arch began his career in the United States Navy, serving as an officer from 1965 to 1968, upon graduation with a degree in engineering from the University of Maine. After active duty, Mr. Arch started working for Southern Gear and Machine Company in 1968 and has been President of Southern Gear since 1972. In 1989 he sold his business to his employees creating an Employee Stock Ownership Plan company.
Mr. Arch has served on the Board of Directors of the Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, and several years ago was honored by the University of Maine’s College of Engineering with both induction into their Francis Crowe Society and with the title of Honorary Engineer. Entrepreneur and generous supporter of FIU’s College of Engineering and Computing, Mr. Arch was inducted into the Order of the Engineer at FIU in 1995. Active at FIU’s College of Engineering and Computing for many years, Mr. Arch currently serves on the Industry Advisory Boards of the Departments of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and Industrial and Systems Engineering. He regularly participates as a Judge in departmental senior design projects. He also is active on the Advisory Council of Engineering, the body that represents the interests of the College, industry and engineering communities. Married to his wife Susan for 41 years, they have two grown daughters and two grandchildren.
Robert T. Carballo
President and CEO
Corzo Castella Carballo Thompson Salman, P.A. (C3TS)
As head of the prestigious firm that encompasses the various disciplines necessary for the effective planning, management and design of surface transportation projects, Robert Carballo is an expert in the development of complex transportation planning projects.
His expertise extends to marketing and business development in the architectural, engineering, environmental, planning and public relations arenas. His projects include the reconstruction of I-595 from I-75 to west of I-95 in Broward County, the Design Build Finance of the I-95 Express HOT Lanes Conversion in Miami-Dade County, and the upcoming High Speed Rail Study from Miami to Orlando. Robert Carballo makes Miami’s roads safe for us. He earned his Professional Engineer’s license and stays current through continuing education in all phases of transportation planning, environmental and traffic engineering, bridge and structures design, and drainage and hydraulics design. He is past President of the Cuban American Association of Civil Engineers and was an FIU student recipient of their Jose A. Vila Espinosa Scholarship. He is a member of engineering societies and professional organizations that include the National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Concrete Institute and the American Society of Civil Engineers. Mr. Carballo is recognized by both academic institutions he has attended. As a proud FIU alumnus with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, he currently serves on the College of Engineering and Computing’s Advisory Council for Engineering. He received his A.A. from Miami Dade College’s Engineering Program, and was inducted into the 2010 Miami Dade College Alumni Hall of Fame.
Alfredo de Cárdenas ’87
Chief Operating Officer, Americas
Alfred de Cárdenas joined Syniverse in April 2008 and serves as Chief Operating Officer leading a unified organization that ensures Syniverse’s solutions are aligned directly with the needs of its customers.
In this role, he is responsible for the direction of Syniverse’s roaming, messaging and network lines of business in addition to the company’s global sales processes, methods, tools and global account coordination. He brought to Syniverse more than 20 years of experience in the global telecommunications industry. Before joining Syniverse, Mr. de Cárdenas was with Nortel Networks, most recently as general manager of converged multimedia networks. He also held a number of other key leadership roles since joining Nortel in 1992, including vice president positions in carrier support and operations, sales, marketing, customer care, and network operations as well as assignments in Colombia and Brazil. He began his career as a senior engineer for Southern Bell. Fluent in English and Spanish, and conversational in Portuguese, Mr. de Cárdenas earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering from Florida International University and his master’s of business administration degree from Nova Southeastern University.
Carlos A. Duart ’94, MS ’99
President, CDR Maguire, Inc.
Carlos A. Duart ’94, ’99, is a Miami native and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s in taxation from FIU. He is married to Regina Duart, his wife of 20 years, and is a certified public accountant in the state of Florida.
Duart is chairman and CEO of Duart Enterprises Inc., whose various operating companies specialize in transportation engineering, emergency management, and bridge fabrication and construction. Other industries include insurance, real estate, technology and retail operations. He is a director of the FIU Foundation, member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and steering committee member of FIU’s first federally funded University Transportation Center. Duart is an FIU Entrepreneur Hall of Fame inductee and FIU Medallion recipient. His other civic activities include member of the Executive Republican Governors Association, Clinton Global Initiative, Democratic Governors Association and the American Red Cross.
Paul Johnston, Chair
Vice President Watsco, Inc.
Chairman of the Board Carrier Enterprise
Paul Johnston joined Watsco in 2002 as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development and was elected Vice President of the Company in 2008. In 2010 he was elected to the Board of Directors of Carrier Enterprise and was named Chairman in 2011.
Paul handles negotiations with over 600 manufacturers for over $1 billion in non-equipment purchases and has responsibility for new product development and introductions. Examples of new products include the introduction of ultra-efficient ductless splits as well as collaborating with Nest Labs on the recently introduced Smart Thermostat. He also leads strategic initiatives for supply chain management, which have improved customer availability and reduced Watsco’s overall facility footprint by almost 1 million square feet. Paul and his team are currently targeting warranty processing costs and providing manufactures insight to reduce the overall costs borne by excessive warranty terms and administration.From 1994 to 2002 Paul was with United Technologies Carrier serving in various marketing and strategic positions including Vice President of Global Residential/Light Commercial Products and Vice President of Distribution for North America.Paul earned a business degree in Marketing from the University of North Dakota. He serves on the Mayor of Miami’s Green Commission and is on the Advisory Board for the College of Engineering and Computing at Florida International University.
Danny Katz ’74
Chief Executive Officer
Danny Katz, a Veteran of the United States Navy, earned his B.S.B.A. with a major in Accounting from Florida International University. Danny is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with extensive senior management experience in the grocery and distribution industries.
His experience was gained through such prestigious companies as Hi-Grade Foods, Ryder Systems, Inc. and the international accounting firm, Laventhol and Horwath, where his major clients included supermarket chains and hospitals. His experience with bar coding and inventory management, particularly the successful development and implementation of computerized order entry systems, propelled him to found DBK Concepts, Inc. in 1988. DBK has flourished to become one of the largest service providers of mobile hand held technology in the US. Danny is a member of both the American Institute and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He also serves the community as an executive board member and financial advisor to his temple and is a charter member of Florida International University’s Council of 100 and works closely with FIU’s School of Engineering. Danny was a finalist for the 2001 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the 2002 and 2003 Cutting Edge Award, has earned 2 Keys to the City of Miami, and was inducted into the 2005 FIU Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame.
Robert A. Lepore, PE
Senior Vice President & Managing Director
Americas Transportation Market Sectors
AECOM Technology Corporation
Mr. Lepore is the Transportation Managing Director for AECOM in the Americas. His responsibilities include managing one of the largest Global consulting and design companies, which includes the financial advisory practices of AECOM Enterprise and AECOM Consulting.
He has 35 years of experience in transportation and finance planning and design, and public/private infrastructure P3 development. He joined AECOM in 2002 from Cambridge Systematics, Cambridge, MA where he served for 12 years as the company’s COO and Director of Transportation. He additionally has consulted internationally in South America and in the Middle East where he resided for several years.Mr. Lepore resides in Miami and serves on the Leadership Advisory Board for Undergraduate Education and on the College Council for Engineering for FIU. He earned his Master of Science in Transportation and Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from Cornell University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Florida and several other states and is an active member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, Transportation Research Board and American Institute of Planners.AECOM is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government. With approximately 45,000 employees around the world, AECOM is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves. A Fortune 500 company, AECOM serves clients in approximately 130 countries.
Pastor Lopez ’08
Vice President and General Manager
AAR LANDING GEAR SERVICES
Pastor Lopez is Vice President and General Manager of AAR Landing Gear Services, a division of AAR Corporation (NYSE: AIR).
Mr. Lopez began his career in aviation in 1986 at Cleveland Pneumatic (now, Goodrich) in Miami, FL. He held a number of positions while at Cleveland Pneumatic from 1986 through 1989. Following his tenure at Cleveland Pneumatic, he advanced to the role of Lead Engineer in 1989 with AAR Landing Gear Services.
Between the years of 1989 and 2002, he held various positions in Engineering and Quality. Under his leadership as Vice President Quality between 1999 and 2002, he established and maintained quality control systems and metrics to improve production and the quality of final products to meet the different regulatory requirements such as the Federal Aviation Administration, European EASA, Chinese CAAC, Saudi Arabia PCA, among others. During this time, he successfully implemented ISO 9001 and AS9000 quality systems in a record time of three months. In 2002, he was appointed Vice President and General Manager of AAR Landing Gear Services. He is responsible for the Miami and Malaysian facilities, managing over 380 employees. Additionally, he successfully established a Wheels and Brakes division in 2007 that is experiencing rapid growth as the branding strategy is bearing fruits. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Mr. Lopez holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Florida International University.
Senior Vice President, Infrastructure
Dr. Mallol has 35 years of experience primarily dedicated to the management of engineering companies and of large infrastructure projects and programs. His emphasis has been in construction and construction management consulting services for public works programs in excess of $1billion. During his extensive career, he has participated in iconic projects such as the Miami Metro Mover, the Miami International Airport Intermodal Center, multiple projects in the Florida Turnpike and Sawgrass Expressway, the Port of Miami Tunnel and the Bridge of the Americas in the Republic of Panama.
Dr. Mallol holds bachelor degrees in in Architecture and in Construction Engineering, continuing his education with a graduate studies in Master of Science in Engineering Management and Doctor of Business Administration degrees.
From 1983 to 1992, Dr. Mallol was responsible for the management of a construction company, with significant transportation projects in South Florida, starting as project manager and becoming vice president of operations with responsibility for projects including complex interchanges, highways and mass transit rail projects.
In 1992 Dr. Mallol joined Consul-Tech, and engineering consulting firm, eventually becoming CEO, responsible for overseeing all company activities, and developing the growth strategy for the firm. In 2008, Consul-Tech merged with CSA Group, to form an 800-employee organization where he served as Sr. Vice President responsible for business development and strategic planning company wide, for markets in the US, the Caribbean, Central and South America.
In April 2014, Dr. Mallol joined MWH, a global engineering firm with over 8,000 employees. He was appointed Vice President on September 2014.
Dr. Mallol is registered as professional engineer in several states and a registered architect in Argentina.
Bryan J. Olnick
Vice President Distribution Operations
Florida Power & Light Company
Bryan J. Olnick is the Vice President of Distribution Operations in Power Delivery. In his current role, Mr. Olnick is responsible for the operation and maintenance of FPL’s electric distribution infrastructure, including Control Center operations, that serves the more than 4.6 million customer accounts in the company’s service territory.
He leads a workforce of over 1,500 engineers, technicians and union employees. Most recently, Mr. Olnick served as Vice President of Customer Service Smart Grid Solutions, responsible for strategic development, deployment and operation of FPL’s Advanced Metering Initiative (AMI). He also led the development of FPL’s key smart grid strategies and initiatives including the $850 million dollar Energy Smart Florida (ESF) project, which was partially funded by a $200 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.Mr. Olnick has more than 27 years of experience in the electric utility industry and has held various key leadership positions in the areas of electric distribution operations, engineering and construction, customer service, commercial and governmental account management, incident command and emergency management, system control center operations, quality and process management, labor relations, smart grid and log-term planning.Mr. Olnick received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida and Master’s degree in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. He is also a graduate of Executive Education programs at both Columbia University and the Darden School of Business. He proudly served with distinction for five years in the United States Air Force in the US, Europe and Middle East. He is a member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Florida Engineering Society, Edison Electric Institute, Gridwise Alliance, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative and the South East Electric Exchange.
State of Florida District #6 Secretary
Department of Transportation
Gustavo “Gus” Felix Pego, P.E., was appointed District Six Secretary for the Florida Department of Transportation on May 8th 2008. He is responsible for the overall planning, design, construction, maintenance and operations of the State Highway System in Miami Dade and Monroe Counties. He is the steward of a budget exceeding $3 billion in the five year work program with a streamlined staff of 503, carrying out much of the ongoing transportation improvements projects.
He is leading a team that is transforming our roadways by enhancing safety and reducing congestion on the State Highway System. Projects such as the Miami Intermodal Center, the SR 826/836 Interchange, and the Port of Miami Tunnel will be reality, just like the district’s Intelligent Transportation System and the 95 Express Managed Lanes projects, which have improved mobility and enhanced travel choices. Gustavo “Gus” Felix Pego, P.E., District Six Secretary, Florida Department of Transportation; A seasoned civil servant of 31 years with the Department of Transportation, Mr. Pego has served the community working through the ranks in positions of increasing levels of responsibility within the district’s systems development and operations divisions. Gus has leaded all recovery efforts in both counties and has always played a key role in restoring our community throughout the devastations sustained by natural disasters, such as Hurricane Andrew. As District Secretary, Mr. Pego serves on the Department’s Executive Board, as a Board Member of the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX), the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority. He also serves on the Engineering Advisory Boards of the Florida International University and the University of Miami. Mr. Pego actively plays a leading role in the Florida State Employees Charitable Campaign serving on numerous occasions as Co-Chair and Chair with the United Way of Miami-Dade.
Kelly A. Romano
President, Intelligent Building Technologies
Building & Industrial Systems Americas
United Technologies Corporation
Kelly Romano has been with United Technologies Corporation for 30 years. UTC, a $63 billion corporation based in Hartford, Connecticut, is a diversified company providing advanced technology products and services to the aerospace and building industries. Kelly was appointed in September 2014 as President, Intelligent Building Technologies for the United Technologies Building & Industrial Systems business. In this capacity, she is responsible for developing and implementing strategies across the BIS business to create differentiation and customer preference for UTC BIS products, systems and services, driving organic growth and expanding our market presence.
Prior to this role, Kelly was at the UTC Corporate Office since February 2012 as Vice President, Business Development and launched a new business leveraging UTC’s vast portfolio of aerospace and commercial technologies into adjacent and alternative industries and segments. Previously, Kelly held the position of President, Global Security Products at UTC Fire & Security since May 2011 where she was responsible for leading all engineering, manufacturing, distribution, sales and marketing for security solutions globally in UTC Fire & Security. She first joined UTC Fire & Security in January 2010 where she held the role of Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing. In this role she was responsible for driving organic growth across this multi-billion dollar global business with a focus on developing a world-class sales organization, capturing opportunities with large multi-regional customers, penetrating new vertical markets, leveraging legislative and regulatory changes, fully exploiting a growing presence in emerging markets, and driving new customer driven product development strategies.
Before joining UTC Fire & Security, Kelly was with UTC’s Carrier Corporation for 25 years. From 2006 to 2009 she served as President, Building Systems and Services (BSS), Carrier Corporation, a multi-billion dollar business providing world-class sustainable products, services and building management systems to the global commercial building industry. With a focus on energy efficiency and high performance buildings, Kelly worked closely with multi-channel customer segments including building owners, developers, consulting engineers and contractors.
Other roles at Carrier included President Distribution – Americas, leading Carrier’s sales, distribution and aftermarket operations in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Replacement Component Division; Vice President and General Manager of Carrier Sales and Distribution; Vice President of Independent Distribution; and Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for the Commercial Systems and Services division.
In her current and previous roles, she has traveled extensively around the world focusing on both developed and emerging markets. Kelly often speaks on strategy, commercial building, industry and energy issues. Key addresses have included keynotes at the 2013 Tax Policy Council Institute Conference in Washington, DC; the Intelligent Green and Energy Efficient Building Conference in Beijing, China; the Energy Efficient Building Conference in New Delhi, India; the “20-Now Action Forum – The Business Case for Greening Your Building” Energy Efficiency Partnership of Greater Washington; the Moscow 2008 Green Building Conference; and the 2009 Alliance to Save Energy Conference in Washington, DC. She previously served on the Board of the New York US Green Building Council (Urban Green Council) and currently serves on the boards of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Florida International University Advisory Council to the School of Engineering in Miami, FL.
Kelly received a Masters of Business Administration from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo.